With today’s busy roads spread across the globe like a vast spider web being a successful trucker requires a few different elements in place. Everything from the driver to the truck must be in order to keep yourself safe and also keeping other drivers on the road next to you safe.
More and more people are hitting the road ways every single day and it is up to the truck driver to be as careful as possible. Passenger vehicles don’t always give the trucks on the road the safety respect they deserve in order to keep everyone safe.
Here are 5 important ways you can be a safer truck driver:
Don’t wait until the last minute to put on your blinkers and signal to your surrounding drivers that you are making a lane change or turning at an intersection. Let your drivers know immediately in order to avoid any confusion and most importantly any potential accidents.
Get Plenty of Sleep
If you are a truck driver that tends to do the long hauls into the wee hours of the morning always make sure to get the proper rest you need in order to have a safe and successful trip. I don’t need to tell you how disastrous things can be if you fall asleep behind the wheel.
Check out Weather Reports
We all know how unpredictable weather can be these days so it is important to try and anticipate what you might be driving into prior. If you know snow or rain is on the horizon to cross your path than it might allow you to physically and mentally prepare for your trucking travels. The last thing you want is nasty weather crippling your rig or your schedule.
Don’t Forget to Eat
If you start to get hungry make sure to eat. Keeping your energy levels up at all times will allow you to stay alert. Low sugar levels can cause fatigue and fatigue can lead to making mistakes on the road, something nobody wants. Make sure your body is always full of energy so you see and feel everything in your surroundings.
Think About Rest Stop Parking
When pulling into truck stops or rest areas always park in the designated truck parking areas to not confuse passenger vehicles pulling in that might get in your way. This will allow less interaction between passenger vehicles and truck drivers trying to navigate in the busy landscape of a highway rest stop.